Emre heads back to Turkey

The midfielder re-joins former club Fenerbahçe six months after signing for Atlético

Emre leaves Atleti after just six months

Emre leaves Atleti after just six months

Turkish midfielder Emre’s long and illustrious career with Atlético has come to an end.

Well all right, maybe not so much.

The 32-year-old was sold to Fenerbahçe for a small fee on Thursday, the Süper Lig outfit announced on its official website.

According to Turkish TV channel NTV Spor, Atleti will receive €350,000 for the man that arrived at the Vicente Calderón this past summer on a free transfer from the very club he returns to.

The veteran’s presence in red and white amounted to pretty much half a year of baby-sitting countryman and close buddy Arda Turan, though he did make 17 appearances (11 as a starter) with los Rojiblancos.

Emre picked up four assists and one goal in his brief Colchonero stint, with most of his participation taking place in the Europa League group stage.

The Turk took part in the final three minutes of the UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea, replacing Falcao.

“I appreciate the club for facilitating my move back to Fenerbahçe,” Emre told Atleti’s official site.

“I’ve lived a great experience at Atlético Madrid. Here, I was able to share a dressing room with some great players, and it has been a pleasure to get to know a coach like ‘Cholo’ Simeone and Messrs. Miguel Ángel Gil and Enrique Cerezo.

“Thanks for everything. I repeat, it has been a great experience and this club has been like a family to me.”

He continued: “Fenerbahçe really love me; they have offered me a two and a half-year contract. I think it’s the best option for me.”

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    I still can’t believe that no replacment has been found. For me that’s just poor business. The only reason it could be good is that some of our young players can the their chance.

  • Kabir

    I thought he was a great player and he put in performances that would have made him a starter but our midfield options are pretty good, especially with the canteranos. We reinforced a spot that was really lacking: fullbacks

  • super3athens

    he is a player with a lot quality but he didn’t help the team at all… well we gained some money from this sale(transfer fee and he’s wages) so why not?

  • Ty Gambo

    Koke might get more CM time now, so that seems to be covered for now.

  • starvs

    If there are no injuries, then this is good; if there are injuries it may be a small problem, or a great thing if it allows Oli to step up and shine. Likely just a non issue all around really.

  • Shay


    Ill be at Mardid on 303 and atleti will host Valencia.
    How much is a good price to get in? What should my limit be?